Volume 73, Number 37 | January 14 - 20, 2004


50 years ago in The Villager

Howard Dean is leading the way, at least so far
As seen at last Sunday night’s “Downtown for Dean” meeting sponsored by Gay and Lesbian Independent Democrats at the L.G.B.T. Community Center on W. 13th St., Howard Dean has built a strong base of support in Downtown Manhattan. His backers include some of the district’s most progressive politicians, as well as people who have never been involved in politics before.

Scoopy's notebook
The poop on people, politics, gossip, business openings.

Talking Point
In defense of Tom ‘Thumb’Ridge
By Andrei Codrescu
Before it was decided to fingerprint everybody who isn’t fortunate enough to own the right passport, it was suggested that the Border Authority just keep the whole finger. That way people wouldn’t stay very long and would be sure to return before their visas expired. This proposal was shut down because it only inconvenienced good people, who are fond of their fingers. Bad people would just give up a finger to live in our Wal-Mart paradise, and really bad people like suicide, bombers would gladly surrender a small body part beforehand. Not to speak of people used to giving up a finger, like the yakuza. For them, giving up another finger would be an honor.

Walking with Ingrid Thulin in Greenwich Village
By Jerry Tallmer
The films of Ingmar Bergman struck upon us like lightning out of an unknown sky — reality-based symbolism, a fierce white light of clarity in the darkness — with “The Seventh Seal,” at the Eighth Street Playhouse in Greenwich Village in 1958.

Editorial cartoon
By Ira Blutreich

Letters to the editor

Linda Davidoff, leading political and parks activist
Linda Stone Davidoff, executive director of the Citizens Union and a leader in parks advocacy and progressive political causes for four decades, died Dec. 31 in Tucson, Ariz., at the age of 62.


Urbane Asian street fare in meatpacking district
By Frank Angelino
With the vigor that only a talented chef can bring, Lotus, in the meatpacking district, has reinvented itself.  Within the past six months, Lotus has gone from a late night spot to a restaurant with interesting fare as delivered by Chef Tyson Ophaso.


From baths to basketball: The Carmine Rec. story
By Judith Stiles
In the privacy of City Hall, behind closed doors, the Manhattan borough president criticized the average New Yorker for being disheveled and downright smelly. This city official was clever enough not to go public with the sentiment and instead tried to remedy the problem by expanding the facilities at the corner of Clarkson St. and Varick St. to include 75 more showers for men and 22 showers for women — built all before the new year. . .before Jan. 1, 1912.

Villager photo by Elisabeth Robert

State Senator Tom Duane, left, and Ethan Geto, Howard Dean’s New York State campaign manager.

Progressives aim to make Downtown ‘Dean country’
By Lincoln Anderson
With the Democratic presidential primaries set to start on Monday, Downtown supporters of Howard Dean gathered last Sunday night in the West Village to strategize on how to insure their front-running candidate wins the nomination.

N.Y.U. opens new building for law school
By Albert Amateau
New York University School of Law students, professors, administrators and benefactors turned out for the chilly morning ribbon-cutting ceremony on Jan. 12 for the opening of Furman Hall, the law school’s first new academic building in 50 years.

Tennis anyone? Trust serves up courts plan
By Albert Amateau
Three permanent tennis courts will be built in Hudson River Park just south of Pier 40, if all goes according to a Hudson River Park Trust proposal that won the approval on Jan. 5 of the Community Board 2 Waterfront Committee.

Board 2 creates new Task Force for Washington Sq.
By Lincoln Anderson
As the effort to renovate Washington Sq. Park continues to pick up steam, Community Board 2 has formed a Washington Sq. Park Task Force to keep the project on track and to consider, in the future, possibly setting up a conservancy to provide for the park’s maintenance.

Gore will headline fear conference
Over the next month, New School University will host a series of high-powered discussions featuring two former presidential candidates, Senator John McCain and former Vice President Al Gore, Prince el Hassan bin Talal of Jordan and Eliot Spitzer, New York’s attorney general.

Crime continues to decline, but at a slower rate
By Albert Amateau
The 10-year decline in felony crime continues but at a slower rate both citywide and in the precincts in Greenwich Village, the East Village, Soho, the Lower East Side and Gramercy, according to New York City Police Department year-end statistics. At the same time, the statistics also show some troubling problem areas, including increases in rapes, burglaries and murders in some precincts.

New schools superintendent has a lot to build on
By Elizabeth O’Brien
Downtown can look forward to more classroom space in a few years, when a new public school is built in the area, according to a high-ranking Department of Education official.

In a cyber world, he connects with typewriters
By Jessica Mintz
Paul Schweitzer remembers being a kid, and inking and spooling typewriter ribbons in his basement in Brooklyn for his father’s typewriter repair business.

Lives of the stars reenacted at Fez
By Jerry Tallmer
It was surely the first time in his life that Charles Busch ever got a laugh just by saying: “Chapter 43.”

Chasing an ‘unnamable ache’
By Davida Singer
Sheila Callaghan’s unnerving play, “The Hunger Waltz”, at Manhattan Ensemble Theatre, was named for its three-part construction and the fact that the main character “chases an unnamable ache” throughout the piece.

Swayze film reenacted on stage as “fightsicle”
By Jerry Tallmer
If you think you once saw all that in a movie, you did. The movie was “Road House,” a 1989 epic directed by Rowdy Herrington, in some people’s opinion the worst movie ever made, and it still plays ever and again on television stations like TNT.

Koch on Film
By Ed Koch
“Millennium Mambo” (-) This film received some rave reviews. New York Post reviewer, V.A. Musetto, wrote, “A stunner from Taiwanese filmmaker Hou-Hsiao-hsien…beautifully filmed, wonderfully acted…This is THE movie to see for the new year.” “Cold Mountain” (+) Surely worth seeing, but not the blockbuster it is hyped to be. The acting of Nicole Kidman and Jude Law is ordinary, but they are so extraordinarily beautiful and handsome that their ordinary performances will be overlooked by most, including me. “Monster” (-) The acting of Charlize Theron in this film is described by almost every critic as a tour de force, and it is. So why I am giving this superbly acted movie a negative rating

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